Cel­e­bra­tion for Cheshire Union

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

THE Mere Re­sort and Spa proved once more to be a su­perb venue to stage the 65th An­nual Din­ner for the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs.

There was an at­ten­dance of more than 180 rep­re­sent­ing Cheshire clubs and of­fi­cials and many guests from other county unions and golf or­gan­i­sa­tions who en­joyed fan­tas­tic food, great com­pany and ex­cel­lent speeches and en­ter­tain­ment on an­other night to re­mem­ber for Cheshire as it moves closer to its Cen­te­nary in 2020.

The prin­ci­pal guest was Keith Mac­in­tosh, the Cap­tain of the Royal and An­cient Golf Club of St An­drews, who pro­posed a toast the CUGC and gave an in­for­ma­tive and amus­ing ac­count of his dis­tin­guished time in golf and praised Cheshire for its high pro­file in golf.

The re­sponse was given by Cheshire Pres­i­dent Roy Smethurst of Crewe Golf Club, a true golf­ing leg­end in his county, coun­try and in Europe.

Roy out­lined the hard work done by county of­fi­cials dur­ing the past sea­son which saw them or­gan­ise over 50 events for the county cham­pi­onships, life mem­bers, county matches, se­niors and ju­niors plus many coach­ing and prac­tice ses­sions and he thanked them all as well as recog­nis­ing the achieve­ments and suc­cesses of the many guests at the din­ner.

Roy also pre­sented prize vouch­ers to Dave Nel­son (Northen­den GC) for the Se­niors Or­der of Merit, Tom Dolan (Heswall) for the North­ern and Cheshire Or­der of Merit and Mike Har­ring­ton (Mot­tram Hall) as the Cheshire Player of the Year.

The fi­nal en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by co­me­dian John Martin who gave a great demon­stra­tion of Scouse hu­mour to bring down the cur­tain on an­other mem­o­rable night for Cheshire Golf.

A Texas Scram­ble for Wilm­slow’s men was led jin by the hot trio of Greg Dob­bie, Chris and Jeremy Turner with 56.2.

Next in were Gra­ham Baker, Jamie Don­ald and Paul Robin­son 57.4 and Gary Breb­ner, Stu­art James and Ian Men­zies 59.0.

A Sun­day ‘Open to All’ Sta­ble­ford at Styal was won by Stu­art God­frey with 39 points from John Mol­loy 38 and Si­mon Tracey 36.

Styal se­niors played the first of their Win­ter League Sta­ble­fords with Michael Col­lier mak­ing an early state­ment post­ing 41 points to fin­ish ahead of David Black­burn and David Green­wood, both 39 and also in the frame with 38 points were Alan Townsend, Phil Moore and David Riley.

Styal ladies were also in Sta­ble­ford ac­tion with Lynn Guy post­ing 38 points to fin­ish ahead of Jenny Mer­ren 37 and Enid Laverty and Diana Prow, both 34.

Monthly medal ac­tion at Shrigley Hall saw Brian Hop­kins show his en­dur­ing class tak­ing di­vi­sion one with 71 from Charles Green 74 and Rod­er­ick Scott 75.

In di­vi­sion two Nick Rain­ford was in charge with 75 from Keith Frog­gatt 76 and Tony Luck 77.

A Mid­week Sta­ble­ford at Mot­tram Hall was won by Matt Allen af­ter a cpo on 33 points with Martin Firth.

Prest­bury’s men en­joyed a Three Man am am and none more than J Bianchi, R Irv­ing and M Jack­son who led in with 81 points.

It was close for the run­ners-up spot with three teams locked on 80 points but get­ting the nod in the cpo were D Row­ley, D Aitchi­son and N Speake from I Bartholomew, N Bridge and J Og­den and T Coutts, M Gib­son and B Sed­don.

Prest­bury Golf Club

Al­liance pres­i­dent John Dowd presents his tro­phy to Manch­ester cap­tain Dave Smith

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